ITV host Eamonn Holmes aired a clarification after suggesting that the Coronavirus pandemic is linked to 5G technology.
Holmes previously suggested the connection was possible, saying “what I don’t accept is mainstream media immediately slapping that down as not true when they don’t know it’s not true,” and that “it’s very easy to say it is not true because it suits the state narrative.”
During an April 14 broadcast, Holmes walked his comments back, saying he wanted to “make it clear no scientific evidence to substantiate any of those 5G theories.”
According to Ireland’s The Journal, Holmes’ full statement read:
“Both Alice Beer and myself agreed in a discussion on this very programme on fake news that it’s not true and there is no connection between the present national health emergency and 5G and to suggest otherwise would be wrong and indeed it could be possibly dangerous.
“Every theory relating to such a connection has been proven to be false and we would like to emphasise that. However, many people are rightly concerned and looking for answers and that’s simply what I was trying to do to impart yesterday. But for the avoidance of any doubt I want to make it clear no scientific evidence to substantiate any of those 5G theories. I hope that clears that up now”.
UK broadcast regulator OfCom ruled earlier this month that Uckfield FM, a UK community radio station, broke press guidelines when it aired “unfounded claims” linking coronavirus to 5G.
iMediaEthics has written to ITV to ask if it will air a formal correction or only Holmes’ clarification. Last summer, Holmes made news when he called Meghan Markle “uppity” for her denial of photographs when she appeared at Wimbledon; ITV denied having banned the word uppity after the incident but did apologize to a viewer.